Stockholm’s Quotidian Luxuries

Foto Jeppe Wikstrom

written by Mark Thompson

In a city as stunning as Stockholm, you can’t help but feel that you’re living the luxe life – even while out walking. Often referred to as “Venice of the North,” the city with its 14-island archipelago is notable for its expansive and breathtaking water vistas. With more than 30% of the city given over to parks and green spaces, Stockholm in summer bursts with more floras than a luxurious fragrance – and in winter, the city is as romantic as Zhivago’s winter palace. Merely to be wandering amidst Stockholm’s splendor is to feel pampered and privileged.

Thanks to the success of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy, visitors from around the world have been traipsing through Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s medieval town center, following the footsteps of protagonists Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.  For groups, the Millennium Tour serves as a great city guide, while promoting camaraderie for your team as you head off in search of dragon tattoos and hornets’ nests.

Start your morning at Mellqvist kaffebar, Stockholm’s iconic coffee bar, which was also where Daniel Craig’s version of Blomkvist grabbed his morning caffeine fix.  Located in the city’s bohemian Södermalm neighborhood, Mellqvists Kaffebar  provides a perfect perch to plot your daily peregrinations.

The sylvan isle of Skeppsholmen is the equivalent of an urban park, albeit surrounded by water – and one which has the distinction of no less than four museums, including the Museum of Modern Art. A sculpture garden contains the works of Niki de Saint Phalle and husband Jean Tinguely, while the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection features key works from Picasso, Dali, Duchamp, Matisse, and one of the top venues in the city for dinners and cocktail parties. The island`s namesake hotel, Hotel Skeppsholmen is ideal for smaller incentives and meetings.

In the evening, indulge with a Champagne cocktail at Grand Hotel Stockholm’s Cadier Bar. The illustrious hotel has been the residence of every Nobel Laureate since 1901, as well as Garbo, Chaplin, Bergman, and Bernhardt. Now celebrating more than 125 years of impeccable service, the Grand Hotel was recently renovated, while still retaining its inimitable Belle Epoque elegance.

All this and more can be arranged for your next meeting or incentive in Stockholm, a city that celebrates the extraordinary luxury of the everyday.

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